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  • Thief

  • Boston Underworld, Book 5
  • By: A. Zavarelli
  • Narrated by: Tracy Marks
  • Length: 8 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 251
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 238
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235

I’m a good girl. I live by a code that can’t be bent or broken. It is my duty to my family to stay innocent and pure. To marry an Italian man. The stars are already aligned. But Nikolai Kozlov re-writes my destiny with five simple words. You belong to me now. He's Russian mafiya. A thief. A skilled liar with no moral boundaries. He is everything I have been taught to hate. A man who stands for nothing. A man who takes what he wants without a second thought. And what he wanted was me. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • dark heart

  • By seelk on 04-08-18

Just OK

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-07-18

The Boston Underground series is one of my favourite mafia romances. That being said, THIEF was my least favourite of the series. I love Ms. Zavarelli’s narrative but I couldn’t connect with Nikolai or Tanaka. I hated that Nikolai brought other women around in the beginning to taunt Tanaka, and I was not convinced that Nikolai really loved Tanaka. I felt as if he liked the idea of owning and possessing her. I was happy to see quite a lot of Alexei in this book though which made it easier to get through. The story itself wasn’t as dark as the previous books in this series which was disappointing as I have come to love these books for their grittiness.

As always Tracy Marks did a phenomenal job with the Russian accents for both Nikolai and Tanaka.

  • Our Unscripted Story

  • By: L.A. Fiore
  • Narrated by: Aaron Shedlock, Tracy Marks
  • Length: 11 hrs and 8 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 77
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 67
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 68

Greyson Ratcliffe. I met him at 16, the hot new guy sitting on my jetty, an aspiring artist just passing through. He was my first kiss and my first love. I wanted forever with him. I didn't even get a year. Five years later, I'm a budding writer who scripts stories of love and struggle, the good and the bad and the ups and the downs. He's a star on the rise - his wicked talent and crazy good looks have his face plastered on countless magazines. We move in two different worlds and still our paths cross again. We're older and wiser and as crazy about each other as we were as teenagers.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • AN EPIC TALE OF TRUE LOVE, SECOND CHANCES & HEA’S

  • By 🔹🔹🔹CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹 on 04-22-18

EPIC!!!!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-15-18

6+++++ stars!!!!!!!!! WOW!!!! An incredibly unique and beautiful love story of EPIC proportion!! First, everlasting love, second chances and family... this story had it all! I adored Greyson and Alexis - you could feel their electrifying connection and love from that very first moment on their jetty, and although their lives took them to different cities that kept them apart for a few years, their love still burned and grew, and brought them back together. I loved their determination, commitment and passion to make their second chance at love work.

I loved LA Fiore’s addictive and flawless narrative. As a reader, there is nothing more satisfying than embarking on a journey with characters that grow and complement each other in every facet of their lives. And it wasn’t only the MCs that were amazing, the supporting characters like Paige, Grant, the twins, Greyson’s grandfather and Alexis’s dad that made this story even more special. I loved the relationships that these side characters brought to Greyson and Alexis as individuals and as a couple. I wanted to be part of this tight knitted family too!! This story is unforgettable and will always be a favourite of mine.

Tracy Marks and Aaron Shedlock did an outstanding job on this audiobook. Their Irish accents for Greyson and his family were spot on! I felt that they both brought so much emotion and life to these amazing characters.

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  • Breakaway

  • By: A. M. Johnson
  • Narrated by: Tracy Marks, Aaron Shedlock
  • Length: 8 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 90
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 87

As Tampa Bay's star center, Mark Carmelo's life was hockey, and after a bitter and public break up, all he wanted to do was focus on the game. Until he saw her - the one that got away, the one he thought he'd never see again. For 13 years, Stevie West drowned in her lackluster life. Recently divorced from her “roommate” with passionless benefits, she was ready to start over on her own. Until she ran into him. The same man she'd met one year ago. The temptation that had finally given her the courage to find herself again. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 04-03-18

A sweet listen !

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-08-18

I am impartial to second chances and sports romances so BREAKAWAY was right up my alley! Mark and Stevie were very sweet together and I loved watching the way their relationship blossomed.

I listened to the audiobook version, and Tracy Marks and Aaron Shedlock once again were the perfect duo to narrate this heartfelt story.

  • Lukas

  • Ashes & Embers, Book 3
  • By: Carian Cole
  • Narrated by: Nelson Hobbs, Tatiana Sokolov
  • Length: 8 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,045
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 981
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 983

Storm's younger cousin. Vandal's little brother. You've met him in the background. The sweet one. The nice one. The one they can all rely on. In short, the good one. He's a tattoo artist. He plays metal and classical music - on the violin. He's got a body built for sin. And he's 24. In comes Ivy. She's a 36-year-old single mom who hasn't dated in 18 years. All she wanted was a tattoo. She got a whole lot more.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Loved It! Awesome Story; Stellar Performance!

  • By Cheri on 11-29-16

Amazing!!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-30-18

5+ dark angel stars!! I can never get enough of these gorgeous men from Ashers and Embers! And Lukas is one of the sweetest, most patient and honourable heroes I have had the pleasure of meeting! I loved how understanding and persistent Lukas is with Ivy. I loved that he was an old soul in the body of a 24 year old rock star, and he knew exactly what he wanted from Ivy. I loved the immediate chemistry between Ivy and Lukas and couldn’t wait for them to get to their HEA! There was some drama thrown in but overall this is a sweet and romantic love story! As usual Carian Cole delivers big time on the feels and I can’t wait for more! This is easily my favourite rock start series!!

  • Falling for the Bad Boy

  • Bedtime Reads, Book 1
  • By: Kennedy Fox
  • Narrated by: CJ Bloom, Joe Arden
  • Length: 6 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 39

Never trust a man who answers the front door wearing nothing more than a pair of low-cut jeans and a panty-melting smirk. That should've been my first sign. I write about guys just like him for a living - sexy and charming, yet reluctant to get into a serious relationship. His body screams sex appeal, but his condescending personality makes him a classic f--kboy. And I want nothing to do with that.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • This book was purely sex on a stick!

  • By Sara on 03-22-18

Hot!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 03-25-18

WOW!! That opening scene had me giggling like a silly school girl, and hooked me right into this story!! FALLING FOR THE BAD BOY was chock full of sexiness and heat!!!! It was a fast paced read with lots of sexy flirty banter! Ethan’s back story was absolutely heartbreaking and despite his reservations about letting himself fall in love again, I was glad that he addressed his feelings early on and didn’t hold onto the past. As for Vada, she was quirky and hilarious but I did find her excuse for avoiding relationships to be a cop out.

I loved the narrators for this book! CJ Bloom breathed so much sassiness into Vada! And Joe Arden with a southern accent? Enough, said!! Swooonnnn!!!

  • The Gravity of Us

  • By: Brittainy C. Cherry
  • Narrated by: Erin Mallon, Brian Pallino
  • Length: 7 hrs and 53 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 820
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 764
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 759

Graham Russell and I weren't made for one another. I was driven by emotion; he was apathetic. I dreamed while he lived in nightmares. I cried when he had no tears to shed. Despite his frozen heart and my readiness to run, we sometimes shared seconds. Seconds when our eyes locked and we saw each other's secrets. Seconds when his lips tasted my fears and I breathed in his pains. Seconds when we both imagined what it would be like to love one another.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • ✫✫ 4 Stars ✫✫

  • By Cyndi on 09-10-17

Enjoyable!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-18

3.5 Graham Cracker Stars! I have enjoyed the other books in the Element series and this book was OK but I didn’t overly love it. I liked Lucy and her hippie lifestyle and Graham started off as such a jerk, then slowly turned out to be quite a decent guy despite his childhood demons. I can’t exactly pinpoint it but I didn’t connect with either character properly, and the story and plot twists felt contrived and predictable.

  • Billionaire Untamed

  • The Billionaire's Obsession - Tate, Book 7
  • By: J. S. Scott
  • Narrated by: Elizabeth Powers
  • Length: 5 hrs and 50 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 627
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 571
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 572

Lara Bailey isn't in Rocky Springs for the hot springs, the resort activities, or the fabulous skiing. She has come to Colorado for one reason and one reason only: to find and get close to Marcus Colter, the eldest Colter brother. Unfortunately, trouble finds her in the form of Tate Colter rather than Marcus. The youngest Colter brother is arrogant, cocky, smart, and tenacious in his attempts to find out why she wants to find Marcus even though she's never met him.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dangerous and exciting

  • By Conner4u on 05-02-15

A winner!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-28-18

JS Scott’s Billionaire series never fails to give me heart flutters and goosebumps! I love the instalove connection that almost always happens in her books! The hero wants the heroine, and he goes and gets her! Caveman galore!!! Tate Colter certainly lives up to Ms. Scott’s ALPHA billionaire hero that I LOVE! He doesn’t waste any time to make Lara Bailey all his and the signature one word declaration of “MINE” seals the deal!!! I really enjoyed the FBI storyline as it was different to previous plotlines used. It was fast paced, sexy and exciting! I wish these books were longer!

  • Riot

  • Scarred Souls Series, Book 4
  • By: Tillie Cole
  • Narrated by: Amelie Griffin, Guy Locke
  • Length: 11 hrs and 15 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 171

They call me 901. I am a monster, a killer, a champion. In the blood pit I am a god. I have no name, no family, and no identity. When master says fight, I fight...until I am the only one left standing. I have one goal, to fight so well that I am freed. I don't need friends, I don't need women. They are weaknesses. I am strong. Until I see her. She is gorgeous and kind and off-limits to me. She was stolen as a child to be the worst type of slave, and now master wants her.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tillie Cole Does It Again! 👏👏👏👏👏

  • By Cheri on 03-09-17

Mind blown!

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-22-18

5+ BLOOD PIT STARS!!!!!!! Tillie Cole really did save the BEST for last!! RIOT is hands down my favourite of the Scarred Souls series!! It was very dark, very brutal, yet was the PERFECT conclusion with the death of the Master of the Blood Pit! Ms. Cole is truly masterful at drawing out raw emotions through her addictive narrative. Her characters have so much depth and this story was fast paced, action packed and adrenaline pumping!! An unforgettable conclusion and I was very satisfied that all her heroes and heroines finally received their much deserved HEAs!!

  • Ravage

  • Scarred Souls, Book 3
  • By: Tillie Cole
  • Narrated by: Amelie Griffin, Guy Locke
  • Length: 12 hrs and 25 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 258
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 247
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 246

Taken by the Jakhua Clan as a teen, 194 was stripped of his name, identity, and free will, meticulously honed to be a ruthless killing machine. This is a role he resents with every fiber of his being but one he embraces to gain back the precious leverage the Georgians wield as their weapon of control: his younger sister, 152.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Tillie Cole Wrecked Me!

  • By Cheri on 11-15-16

Tillie Cole does it again!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-20-18

Dark and disturbing which is synonymous with Tillie Cole’s Scarred Souls series! I liked this one but not as much as I loved the previous two books. I can’t wait to read the final book!

  • Beard Science

  • Winston Brothers, Book 3
  • By: Penny Reid
  • Narrated by: Joy Nash, Chris Brinkley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 55 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 966
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 898
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 894

Jennifer Sylvester wants one thing, and that one thing is not to be Tennessee's reigning Banana Cake Queen. Ever the perpetual good girl and obedient daughter, Jennifer is buckling under the weight of her social media celebrity, her mother's ambitions, and her father's puritanical mandates. Jennifer is officially desperate. And desperate times call for Cletus Winston.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • More Than 5 Quirky, Swoony Stars!!

  • By Diane S. on 04-24-17

Love the narrators!!

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
4 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 02-12-18

Never thought that Cletus Winston would ever settle down but he sure met his match in the form of the Banana Cake Queen, Jennifer Sylvester! I love Chris Brinkley and Joy Nash’s narration! They breathe so much life and emotions into these characters!